The Militia: “You will permit me, gentlemen, to remark ... that the want of some legal provision, whereby the burdn of defense may be more equitably diffused, and the less wealthy part of the community be relieved from the disproportionate share of actual service to which they are subjected by the existing laws, the want of legal power for enforcing summary obedience to the authority delegated to officers by the militia law, and to supply food, quarters and transportation for troops called out under state authority, render it impossible for the militia generals to repel invasions immediately and effectually.
Federal Taxes: “By an act of Congress passed in June last, a direct tax was laid upon the United States; and ... the sum of [$430,141.62] has been imposed upon the State of New-York ... The same law... entitles each state to a deduction of [15%] by paying its quota ... before ... the 20th day of February ... The savings to the citizens of the state [will amount to] about 65,000 dollars ... The ... sacrifices of the inhabitants of some counties ... would at this particular juncture [make it] unreasonable ... to levy upon them any part of the direct tax. The state can advance the present tax without any material embarrassment of its treasury or call upon its citizens ...
Domestic Events: “The progress and success of domestic manufactures and improvements of every kind—the high price obtained by the husbandman for the products of his labor ... which has prevailed within our state during the last year, call upon us to render fervent gratitude to that ... Providence who has mingled so many of the enjoyments and benefits of peace with the afflictions of war ... [Governor] DANIEL D. TOMPKINS. Albany, Jan. 25, 1814.”
Whereas a number of the Mechanics of the towns of Milford, Otego and Laurens, have had a meeting at the house of L. Jencks, in the town of Otsego — and, after consideration of the advance of Grain and other commodities, have thought proper to request the Mechanics of the different towns in this county to meet at the Inn of B. Fitch, in the village of Cooperstown, on the 19th day of February next, at noon, there mutually to agree on the prices of their work, that they may be enabled to support their families and pay the Farmers and vendors of goods, wares and merchandise, their dues.